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John A. Sinaguglia, beloved brother, uncle, friend, business executive and international traveler…passed from this life on November 19, 2013 at his home in Palm Desert, California. Born in Bridgeport, John graduated from Hartford High and was drafted into post-WW II service. His tour of duty with the U.S. Army in Germany during the early 1950's whetted his appetite for travel, so much so, that he embraced travel as an education comparable to none and rejoiced when family and friends participated in its wonders. After his honorable discharge, John moved to California, where he secured an entry level position with Lufthansa. There he transformed his love of travel into a distinguished career. As Regional Air Cargo Manager, he oversaw the successful completion and subsequent development of Lufthansa's Cargo Center at Los Angeles International Airport. A man who lived life exuberantly and experienced it deeply, John called Hollywood his home for many years. After retiring in 1993 from Lufthansa, he moved to Connecticut, re-experienced its chilly winters, and soon thereafter returned to California. Despite the miles that separated him from family and friends, John visited often and always phoned to share their joys, celebrations and sorrows. John was predeceased by his parents, Domenico and Josephine Sinaguglia of Windsor; brothers, Joseph (widow, Cheryl McNaughtan) of San Marcos, CA; Francis (wife, Lucy, deceased) of Wethersfield; and Ignazio (wife, Cynthia, deceased) of Glastonbury. Weakened by his ongoing struggle with cancer, John passed on fifty days after losing his last living brother, Joseph. In accord with John's wishes, his family arranged for him to be sent on his final earthly flight from LAX airport to Bradley International to be buried alongside his parents. His family, along with a host of wonderful friends from throughout the world, remember John for his quiet sense of honor, enduring elegance, dedication to those he loved, lively sense of humor, well-guarded sensitivity, and enormous heart. He is mourned by his extended family of friends; his brother Joseph's widow, Cheryl McNaughtan and niece, Carolyne (husband, Larry) Griffin of CA; nieces Catherine (husband, Michael) Gentile and Joan (husband, Christopher) Erickson of Maine; nephew David C. (wife, Laura) Sinaguglia of CT; and great nieces, Jessica (husband, Chris) Halpin of MA.; Sarah (husband, Todd) Gentilcore of FL; Cynthia (husband, David) White and Mary (husband, Aaron) McMorrow of Maine; Rachael Beth Sinaguglia of CT; and great nephew, David M. Sinaguglia, also of CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday (December 4) at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Incarnation, 544 Prospect St., Wethersfield. Interment with military honors will follow in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. John's family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. A memorial service for John's West Coast family and friends will be held in January, 2014, date and details to be announced. Donations in John's memory may be made to the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, 4650 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit www.desopo.com

Published in The Hartford Courant on Dec. 1, 2013
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